The Big Story: COVID-19 Spikes, Google Rises, Amazon Falls And The Trade Desk Sits Pretty

The Big Story podcast

As COVID-19 cases spike across America, the joyous reopening is on pause. (Unless you’re Disney World, because apparently the virus has no effect on the land of enchantment and childhood dreams.)

But having gone through the initial shutdown in March, brands are more prepared this time around. They’re pulling back on some of the more ambitious initiatives they’d hoped to enact in later quarters and accelerating others that were put into place when consumers went remote.

In this week’s episode, Alison Weissbrot will discuss how three very different brands are coping with the new wave of closures. Multinational pharma company Bayer sells products that people need, particularly during a pandemic. Pandora Jewelry sells 80% of its products in its brick-and-mortar stores – where it has a lot of sunken costs, which means a full-scale pivot to ecommerce isn’t really feasible. And Lindblad Expeditions is a small adventure cruise company catering to well-heeled consumers over 50.

We’ll get into what each company did during the initial days of the outbreak, what they’re doing now and what their outlook is for the future.

Also, since we can’t have an advertising-related podcast without Google, we’ll talk about how the GOOG is back on top of the latest Advertiser Perceptions DSP report after having ceded ground to Amazon in recent quarters. Kevin Mannion, chief strategy officer and president of Advertiser Perceptions drops in to talk about what Google’s DSP DV360 did right to plant itself back into top consideration – and whether the bloom that was once on Amazon’s DSP has faded.

Also, you’ll get a deep dive into how The Trade Desk sustains its popularity (Spoiler alert: Thought leadership and customer service play a big part) and a few thoughts on the surprising resurgence of Verizon Media.

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1 Comment

  1. What is the “solution” that Jeff Green/TTD has for the loss of 3rd party cookies? (mentioned at 29:30)